Dante Writes: Role Models

Well who do you look up to? Parents, friends, celebrities? In a world filled with liars and scandals it’s nice to be able to look up to someone. That someone is someone you would model yourself after, thus the name “role model”. So what is this post about? Well, I’m going to tell you who I think we should look up to.

People you know.

That’s it. I feel you should model yourself and look up to those that you have an actual relationship with. You know this person. You know is good and bad side. With the celebrities, you only know what the media wants you to know. The media can tell you part of the story but not all of it.

Sure you can read quotes and with sites like Twitter, you have somewhat of a better connection with your star. But, I just don’t feel comfortable saying that he’s what I want to be when I grow up. Example would be that I love Fred Hammond music. Love it. Every one of the over 100 tracks I have are good enough for me. The least favorite songs are decent. You get nothing bad from him. New CD out? I’m first in line baby. But, I don’t know about his life enough to say that I want to be just like him.

One thing I want to point out here is that some people will say, “well I’m not modeling the bad. I’m just looking at the good.” For me, in order to truly look up to someone and to model yourself after someone is to see their good and bad and still find that this person is someone worth looking up to. Nobody’s perfect. I’m not saying you have to have the negative qualities that your star has.

It’s like having a best friend. You know his good and bad side and yet you still choose to hang out with this person. You see the negatives but you know this person so much you’re able to look past these things and have a strong relationship. To me, it’s what makes someone a good role model.

Hey it’s cool to want to have the status of a person. I want to be as funny as him or dress like her. But, in terms of personality, I wouldn’t pick them as someone to model after unless you have a sound relationship with them. If I were famous for my writing, I think it would be cool for people to say, “I wish I could write like him” But don’t label who you think I am without actually getting to know me. And that’s the key here.

There’s more things I could say but it would kinda get off track so we’ll leave it here. Maybe I’ll explore it in a different post. Thanks for reading!


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